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Utah coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed during Pac-12 media days Friday that cornerback Dominique Hatfield remains dismissed despite the fact that aggravated robbery and theft charges against him were dropped in mid-July.
“No change. He’s dismissed,” Whittingham said. “He’s working through some things and he’s got through part of it, but right now there’s no change.”
Whittingham didn’t rule out a possible return for Hatfield, who was a starter last season, but noted that Hatfield had “other issues” beyond his legal ones that he needed to work through.
Hatfield started 10 games as a sophomore in 2014. He had 38 tackles, nine pass breakups and one interception.
For more Utah news, visit Utezone.com.
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Two felony charges against former Central Michigan defensive back Brandon Greer were dropped Friday after a judge cited lack of evidence.
Greer, 22, was charged with attempted kidnapping and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct stemming from a July 9 arrest. Greer was accused of trying to kidnap a woman who was out walking her dog. He was later found acting suspiciously in his car in the parking lot of an apartment complex, which led to his arrest.
Greer, who was dismissed from the team shortly after his arrest, remains in jail on eight counts of disturbing the peace.
Chief Judge Paul Chamberlain, in a written opinion filed July 31, said there was no evidence presented in court that indicated there was a weapon or an attempt to confine the woman. The judge said that the absence of these things meant there was no probable cause for the charges.
Greer's original bond was set at $750,000, but his lawyers are working on lowering that fee now that felony charges have been dismissed.
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Ohio State is getting its own version of “Hard Knocks.”
The Big Ten Network announced Friday that it would follow the defending national champions through part of their August training camp in a series called "Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp."
The Big Ten Network touts the show as a behind-the-scenes look at “one of the nation’s premier programs” as it “marches toward Week 1 at the forefront of the college football conversation.” The show will give an inside look at the much-anticipated quarterback competition between J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones as well as chronicling Braxton Miller’s recovering from a season-ending shoulder injury and his possible conversion to wide receiver.
The show will have three or four episodes leading into the season opener against Virginia Tech, but Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman said it wouldn’t be exactly like the critically acclaimed HBO NFL behind-the-scenes show “Hard Knocks.”
For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.
Braxton Miller will play some wide receiver this year, coach Urban Meyer announced at Big Ten media days on Thursday.
Meyer said Miller approached him about a month ago regarding the position change because Miller’s shoulder still wasn’t 100 percent to play quarterback.
However, Meyer said Miller at wide receiver is a “Plan B” solution at this point and there’s still hope that Miller can compete under center. But, Meyer noted that he planned to work with Miller one-on-one at the beginning of fall camp to get him ready to contribute as a receiver.
News of Miller’s possible position change surfaced last weekwhen Miller told Sports Illustrated he was going to start the season as an H-back, which is a hybrid receiver position. While Miller didn’t rule out playing quarterback, he said he would play receiver during about 80 percent of fall camp.
Matt Cochran, a junior who was expected to be Cal’s starting center this fall, has abruptly left the team, according to an athletic department spokesman.
There was no reason provided for the departure and Cochran is still enrolled in school.
Cochran played in 13 games during the past two seasons, including four starts. He becomes the sixth Bear to participate in spring drills but leave before fall camp. Included in that list are sophomore offensive lineman Myles Bunte, sophomore cornerback Trey Cheek, junior linebacker Maximo Espitia, wide receiver Cameron Stevens and linebacker Arthur Wainwright. While some of those players had experience, none had started a game or were projected starters.
With Cochran gone, the competition is open between redshirt freshmen Addison Ooms and Michael Trani.
Maryland quarterback Daxx Garman received a waiver from the NCAA and is eligible to play this season, according to coach Randy Edsall.
Garman, who started at Oklahoma State last year, transferred to the Terps in May. He graduated Oklahoma State and was admitted into the master’s degree program at Maryland.
The school didn’t think it would have trouble obtaining a waiver for Garman to play right away.
Garman will push senior starter Caleb Rowe, who missed the last seven games of 2014 and spring practices after undergoing knee surgery. Perry Hills and Shane Cockerille were the main quarterbacks during spring football, but neither impressed.
Edsall called Garman “cerebral” and said he threw an accurate ball.
For more Maryland news, visit TerrapinSportsReport.com.
Four Ohio State players have been suspended for the season opener against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7.
Defensive end Joey Bosa, H-Backs Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall and wide receiver Corey Smith will miss the contest after violating Ohio State's Department of Athletics Policy, the school said in a release Thursday.
Ohio State players were suspended for marijuana and academics per source
Of the four, Bosa is probably the biggest loss. Bosa was a consensus All-American last year with 13.5 sacks. He is widely considered one of the top NFL draft picks for 2016. Either Sam Hubbard or Jalyn Holmes, two of the Buckeyes underclassmen, likely will fill Bosa’s role.
Bosa's father John, told the Northwest Ohio Media Group that he agreed with the punishment.
For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.
The first official poll of the college football season has been released and there are very little surprises at the top of the heap.
Ohio State received 62 of 64 first-place votes in the Amway Coaches Poll, which is presented by USA Today. TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Oregon rounded out the top five.
That group of teams was the same that jockeyed for position in the inaugural College Football Playoff a year ago. The only team missing was Florida State, which is ranked No. 8.
The SEC leads the poll with eight teams, including three in the top 10. The Pac-12, which could be looking at its best overall season in some time, had six teams in the poll. Boise State is the only Power Five team, ranking No. 24 between Missouri and Tennessee.
The Associated Press Poll, another poll that is a talking point, will be released Aug. 23.
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U.S. women's national team forward Abby Wambach hasn’t made a decision about retirement yet, but said her sights are set on playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, if the team asks her to participate.
“If I’m asked to play on the team, at that point I’m going to have to make a decision the next couple of months depending on my fitness level and whatnot,” Wambach told Yahoo Sports. “I’m getting older, definitely not getting younger, but the reality is, if I’m asked to play for my country it might be difficult to say no. But I haven’t made any definitive decisions yet.”
The weeks since the USWNT hoisted the World Cup trophy have been a whirlwind for Wambach, who is currently in the midst of a media blitz she’s using to promote the need for all sports to be played on natural grass. She's so passionate about it that she's even started a blog to promote the need for sports to be played on natural turf.
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Six months after winning the national championship, Urban Meyer was given another great honor — having his likeness cast in butter.
Butter displays of Meyer, Brutus Buckeye, two Ohio State helmets and the national championship trophy were unveiled Tuesday for the upcoming Ohio State Fair.
The Ohio State statues will sit beside a traditional butter cow and calf in a glass refrigerated display throughout the 12-day fair, which begins Wednesday.
“It humbles you, and it’s a great honor,” Meyer told the American Dairy Association Mideast, which sponsors the display.
The display features 2,000 pounds of butter that is layered onto frames of metal and steel. It took sculptors more than 500 hours to complete the display, which was kept secret until Tuesday’s unveiling.
This is the second time Ohio State has made the display. In 1997, coach John Cooper stood alongside a player, a cheerleader and a band member.